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California, San Francisco, Register of Chinese Immigrant Court Cases and Foreign Seamen Tax Cards, 1883-1924
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San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Immigrant Court Cases and Head Tax Cards
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1883-1924
Microfilm Publication A3381. Register of Federal Court Cases Related to Chinese Americans and Chinese Immigrants Arriving at or Departing from San Francisco, ca. 1916-and Head Tax Cards of Alien Seamen Examined at San Francisco, California,1921-1924.. 1 rolls.
Arrangement By Court Cases and by Head Tax
National Archives Identifier 4477273414
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a register of court cases related to Chinese immigrants arriving at or departing from San Francisco, California for the years 1883 to 1916. It also contains tax cards of foreign crew members examined at San Francisco, California for the years 1921 to 1924.

The court case index cards are arranged numerically by court case number. The tax cards are arranged numerically by ship arrival number. These records correspond with NARA publication A3381 part of Records Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Court case index cards

  • The name of the petitioner
  • The name of the claimant
  • The name of the defendant

Tax cards

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Head tax status
  • Citizenship
  • Race
  • Place of last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Port and date of arrival
  • Purpose for entering the U.S.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Samples Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The age or birth date of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of immigration
  • The port of arrival or departure

If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching other possible localities or ports of entry
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the naturalization petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.

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